DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) – The recovery from Hurricane Arthur continued Sunday on the Outer Banks. Ocracoke Island has power, and is back open.
Hyde County officials made the decision overnight, and said access is unrestricted along the island. The ferry system is also up and running to and from Ocracoke Island. The temporary curfew also expired.
Highway 12 and the Bonner Bridge reopened Saturday afternoon, allowing all residents and visitors back onto Hatteras Island.
The Dare County Control Group has been working with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to restore full access to the island in the aftermath of Hurricane Arthur. According to a news release from Dare County officials, some homes and businesses are still dealing with “serious issues” caused by the hurricane, but it was determined that the conditions can support unrestricted access as of 4 p.m.
The Bonner Bridge opened to traffic at the same time. Permanent residents and essential personnel were allowed back to areas south of Oregon Inlet beginning at noon Saturday.
According to the release, there were single-lane conditions at the temporary bridge north of Rodanthe which could result in delays.
Highway 12 had been closed since Thursday ahead of the hurricane. It had been closed since Friday because a small part of the roadway buckled at the New Inlet Bridge on Pea Island. Crews tore out the crumpled part, rebuilt the road bed, and put down crusher run which will be replaced with black top. Dare County Emergency Management officials urged drivers to be very cautious in that area because there was still sand and water on some parts of the road.
Dare County Manager Bobby Outten told WAVY News Saturday the total damage in the county was only $1 million.
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